Tridium Launches New Niagara Analytics Framework

TridiumPut the power of the new Niagara Analytics Framework to work for your business! Early Adopter Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants. Join before the November 21 deadline.

Tridium is excited to announce the availability of the new Niagara Analytics Framework* – the only data analytics engine native to Niagara. This powerful new product will enable you to leverage the power of Niagara to shrink big data and grow performance. The new Niagara Analytics Framework can be used in any industry or with any application. It runs on any system that produces data and can be applied to any operation.

What this means for you:

It has all the appealing hallmarks of the truly open Niagara platform, enabling you to leverage its power to transform data into actionable information.
It combines a historical perspective with real-time insight, moving you from a reactive response to a more powerful proactive position.
It’s easy to use and requires no specialized programming skills, yet it gives you advanced analytics.

Introducing our Early Adopter Program

We invite you to be among the first to experience the power of the Niagara Analytics Framework. Join our Early Adopter Program to receive:
Special introductory pricing on a starter license;
Niagara Analytics Framework certification training for one person;
Invitation to participate in a monthly contest in 2015 for visibility within the Niagara community, recognition at the 2016 Niagara Summit and the opportunity to win a grand prize;
Space is reserved for the first 200 eligible participants who join before the November 21 deadline.

We look forward to giving you more information and welcoming you to our Early Adopter Program so that you can begin using the framework to drive efficiency and capture cost savings.

*The Niagara Analytics Framework runs on NiagaraAX SupervisorTM and uses the standard Niagara toolset. It’s compatible with NiagaraAX 3.7.106 or later. Our open API supports third-party visualization and other complementary apps.

CoRE Tech 2014 – The Number One Program on Corporate Real Estate Innovation in the World!

A message from Jim Young, Co-Founder and CEO CoRE Tech: There are many moving parts in managing the real estate assets of a corporation; hundreds of processes, a great amount of data and many analog tools. Because of this, innovation, technology and automation will continue to significantly impact how we use and operate corporate facilities.

CoRE Tech 2014 will be at the epicenter of the Corporate Real Estate and Facility transformation. We have assembled the most innovative users of space, the ones taking the risks along with the solution providers at the forefront of these changes, all in one place.

There is simply no other place, no other education program in the world, that focuses on transforming corporate real estate and facilities through the use of innovation, technology or automation.

2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

ics_cybersecurityAs the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

The 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference will address the myriad cyber threats facing operators of ICS around the world, and will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

Bigger and better than ever before, select sessions of interest in the 2014 ISC Conference will include:

* A summary and status of the two utilities performing Aurora hardware mitigation projects in conjunction with the Department of Defense
* A summary and status of the two utility ICS cyber security test beds (the equipment is the same as in water, oil/gas, pipelines, chemicals, etc.
* A summary and status of the Department of Defense ICS cyber security test bed
* A summary of the recovery and remediation actions from one the most significant ICS cyber incidents to date – complete loss of DCS logic with plants at power
* A summary of Project Shine findings
Discussions of recent non-North American ICS cyber incidents
* Immerse yourself in the reality of managing a plant under cyber-attack: Play KIPS, the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation

Online Registration!

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE1The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs. The FOA allows all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. It is anticipated that six awards will be made and range from $500,000 to $1.5 million

Applications for this funding opportunity are open under the following topics:

INNOVATIONS: Non-vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – This topic includes developing approaches and technologies for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) that replace vapor compression technologies, which are currently the dominant HVAC technologies due to their scalability, relatively compact size, high reliability, and other attributes. However, vapor compression technologies make use of conventional refrigerants. This research topic seeks to explore long-term non-vapor compression solutions that result in HVAC equipment that does not use refrigerants. Solutions for both natural gas and for electric HVAC equipment are of interest.

FRONTIERS: Advanced Vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – Regional HVAC solutions offer significant energy saving potential for new construction and the existing building stock. Today’s vapor compression equipment has limited cooling control. This topic seeks to develop equipment optimized for specific environments and that can provide dramatic improvements in energy efficiency with modest increases to equipment costs. Because the building stock increases by only a few percent annually, concepts which are applicable only to new construction will have limited energy savings potential. Therefore, concepts that are applicable to both new construction and retrofits of existing buildings are particularly encouraged.

HOW TO APPLY: This funding opportunity is open to individuals, corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as national labs. The final funding amount is subject to congressional appropriations.

Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference

Project HaystackThis is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business!

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.

Taking place May 18-May 20, 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado, Haystack Connect 2015 is an open forum conference where the community of leading technology suppliers, systems integrators and forward looking end users come together to advance the state of the art in managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems.

Haystack Connect provides a unique venue for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications. Session topics will include data acquisition, communications, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods to effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

What Is Project Haystack? The devices that make up the Internet of Things – automation systems, metering systems, sensors and smart devices – produce tremendous amounts of data. This data is very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in several different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

Project Haystack is an open, flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard for today’s common equipment systems and devices that makes it easy and simple for software applications to consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems in the same way and with the same meaning.

Since its formation in March of 2011, has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people and organizations work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems. The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions. More information on Project-Haystack can be found at:

About Haystack Connect 2015: Connecting Companies, Communities and People who are re-defining smart and connected systems, Haystack Connect 2015 is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology suppliers and customers who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications. Haystack Connect is a unique “open forum” conference organized and sponsored by the community, for the community.


John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc. Vice President, Marketing

Realcomm’s Jim Young asks Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts, “Are You Back?”

Cisco’s venture into the building space with the Mediator came and went — leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. In response to Jim Young’s first question, “Is Cisco Back?” Rick Huijbregts, VP, Industry Transformation and General Manager, IoE Smart + Connected Communities at Cisco Canada, answers, “Yes,” and that “Cisco is here to stay,” as he reviewed Cisco’s past, present, and future positions — and reminded everybody that Cisco enters billion dollar opportunities quickly, as they did in the telephony, video, and data center markets. Cisco has the option to make, buy, or partner their way into the smart connected building market, and in this instance, Cisco has chosen to partner with companies like Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider, Rockwell, and Intel. Cisco sees tremendous opportunities in the IoE, with particular focus in the IoT and cloud services, and has created four IoE Centers of Excellence to accelerate the co-creation of future real estate and smart communities advancements.

BELIMO Americas — Communication Update!

BelimoBELIMO Americas’ headquarters has moved to its new facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. The move has gone as planned and we are fully operational again.

We have some order backlogs due to the move and have ramped up our capacity working two full shifts to catch up. While normally our lead-times are only between 2 and 3 days, these backlogs may extend your lead times by up to 5 days. We expect to have the back log cleared by November 3, 2014.

We apologize for the inconvenient situation and ask you to contact Marialisa Aversano, Customer Service Manager if you are in a situation where you require your order as fast as possible. She will work through on expediting your shipment(s).

Belimo truly appreciates your continued business and support!

Where is Google Nest Going? Google Invests $145 Million in 82-MW SunEdison Project! Funds Over $1.5 Billion in Renewable Energy in Three Continents!

GoogleGoogle Invests $145 Million in 82-MW SunEdison Project. SunEdison and TerraForm Power announced that Google will provide $145 million in equity financing for the Regulus photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Kern County, California. The 82-megawatt plant will begin operation later in 2014 and will supply power to Southern California Edison through a 20-year power purchase agreement. TerraForm Power will own the power plant that SunEdison developed, designed, and executed the structured financing for. The plant is being constructed on an abandoned gas and oil field and will be comprised of over 248,000 SunEdison mono-crystalline solar PV modules. Once operational, the plant is expected to produce enough energy to power over 10,000 homes, with CO2 reductions equivalent to not burning 125 million pounds of coal annually.

Additionally, Google has signed agreements to fund over $1.5 billion in renewable energy investments across three continents with a total planned capacity of more than 2.5 gigawatts. The investment in the Regulus plant represents the 17th renewable energy investment project for Google.

Source: The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Automated Buildings’ October Release: Auomated Diagnostics & Analytics

automatedbuildingsAutomated Diagnostics & Analytics: We were looking for a theme for our October issue and we polled the industry about articles featuring occupant productivity and how our industry has an amazing interaction with productivity within a building. Although all agreed that this was very true and a very powerful relationship, the general feeling was we need to keep working on how to shape occupant productivity into a real measured variable for our industry before we can include it in our ROI payback calculation. It was also noted that we need to educate the “C” suite about the important connections between our industry and employee productivity.

But then October’s theme arrived at the door, with a knock, and the delivery of a very large book called Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings that Barney and Mike had asked me to write a foreword for. Later in the day with Jim Lee’s article Predictive Maintenance came this request to give the same book a plug as he had also written a chapter. Pushing the Envelope Building Analytics beyond HVAC – Jim Sinopoli PE is another chapter.

Plus Toby’s column makes reference to his chapter in the book as well Autonomous Systems and Cloud Diagnostics.
A quick check of the table of contents indicates the collaboration of several other authors. A review of the other new articles for October confirmed that this was a good theme. Plus how better to start building bridges to the “C” suite than with Automated Diagnostics & Analytics and the dream that in the future this will include the analytics of the measured variable of people productivity which is likely to somehow fall out of social media analytics.

I am extremely pleased that our magazine is a gathering and staging ground for paper publications and historical books such as this. There have been many other books in the past see our education page for linkage.

Thanks for the focus Barney and Mike for our October issue; another great themed issue with some new thoughts which rapidly evolved.

It also came to our attention that some folks were missing another valuable service, in addition to our monthly magazine, we continuously supply a stream of industry news in the form of our RSS feed. To help overcome this we have inserted a link under our site search box.

Blue Ridge TechnologiesAs always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapidly evolution and journey to “Open Automated Diagnostics & Analytics”

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Editorial from September 2014

Tonight is Canada Night at the ASIS 2014, Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center

ASIS_CAN_2 As a precursor to the show, iViewSYSTEMS invites you to drop by the ASIS CANADA NIGHT on Sunday, September 28th to kick off the show, or visit us at booth #2023 to see how we can help you better protect your people, business and assets with embedded technologies security management solutions for: Incident Reporting & Risk management, Visitor management, Identification Solutions and Compliance & Reporting.

ASIS_INT_CANJoin ASIS in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29–October 2, 2014 for our ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits– the world’s most influential security event.Your Free Invitation to the ASIS 2014 Show: See tomorrow’s technology innovations, gain new intelligence, and rub elbows with the industry’s best and brightest. This year’s event has so much to offer — what are you waiting for?

Security decision makers gather here to find: Thousands of solutions, Top notch education, Unsurpassed networking, and Connections that matter. Register in advance to get your complimentary Exhibit Hall pass to discover the hottest technologies, new products, and must-have services from leading suppliers. Your three-day exhibits pass includes: Welcome Reception, Opening Ceremony, Keynote Sessions, Career Pavilion, Poster Sessions, and Tech Talks.